Oyster, American / Atlantic

Oyster, American / Atlantic

Overview

Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) from Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada has a long history of supplying high quality oysters to the domestic and international market place. This delicacy is now available year round whether the supply originates from a wild seasonal commercial fishery or from cultivated techniques consisting of either suspended, off-bottom or bottom cultures. Whatever the source, the clean cold waters surrounding Atlantic Canada, combined with the stringent requirements of the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program provide you with a safe product.

Processors operate under the guidelines of a HACCP based Quality Management Program which guarantees a unique and consistent product. Due to the different conditions associated with each grow-out region – nutrients in the water, salinity levels, temperature, etc. – oysters vary in taste from one area to the next and often bear the name of the region where they were grown as a means of distinguishing their individual flavor attributes. The dealers’ shipping tag which accompanies the product carries the dealer’s name, address and certification number, date and location of harvest, original shipper’s certificate number, type and quantity of oysters and must be kept on file for at least 90 days.

Atlantic Canadian grown oysters are a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their positive effects on health, as well as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, notably iron and zinc. In fact, 6 oysters provide your full daily requirement of minerals. It makes sense to choose Atlantic Canadian oysters!

Products

One of the industry’s top priorities is to produce and market high quality products. Oysters are cleaned, individually inspected and carefully hand packed. Live oysters are packed in wooden or cardboard containers for shipping.

Size Categories

Oysters are offered in various sizes and categories to suit individual markets. It takes an oyster from 4 to 7 years to reach the market length of 76 mm (3 in) and 3 to 4 years to grow a cocktail size oyster which is usually around 65 mm (2 ½ in).

  • Live – fresh “cocktail” oysters, 65 mm or larger
  • Live – fresh market size oysters, 76 mm (3 in) or larger

Packed between 12 and 100 oysters per unit or can be processed to your specifications.

Nutritional Analysis per serving (100 g/3.5 oz) raw oyster meat

Energy 59 cal
Fat 1.6 g
Carbohydrates 5.5 g
Protein 8.4 g
Calcium 44 mg
Iron 5.8 mg
Zinc 37.9 mg

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